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Welcome to the first website devoted solely to the free-living wild boar in Britain. After an absence of approximately 700 years, wild boar are roaming and breeding in the British countryside once again! For such a large mammal to become accidentally reintroduced into Britain in this day and age is a remarkable event that is fascinating to follow.

This site has been created to increase awareness and understanding of free-living wild boar in Britain. The site is non-judgemental and simply reports factually on issues surrounding Britain's returning wild boar population. The site does not encourage the reintroduction of wild boar into Britain, nor does it discourage it.

The short, soundless video on the right highlights some of the issues that surround Britain's free-living wild boar populations.

sow at dusk

A wild boar sow amongst the brambles in an East Sussex woodland. This population established approximately fifteen years ago. The boar are active mainly at night (nocturnal behaviour) and are very wary of people. (© Martin Goulding)

Suckling sow

A sow suckling her young in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The Dean boar established approximately ten years ago and are often active during the daytime (diurnal behavior). Some of the Dean boar are less wary of people. (reproduced with permission, © Ben Locke)

Wild boar rooting up grass verges

Wild boar can venture from the woodlands into adjacent urban areas in search of food during their nightly forages. These wild boar are rooting up the grass verges looking for worms and grubs. In this situation they are an obvious road traffic hazard. Rooting in 'inappropriate areas' such as residential gardens or agricultural fields causes controversy. T (reproduced with permission, © Rob Ward)

Wild boar piglets are very photogenic. (reproduced with permission, © Ben Locke [left] and Scott Passmore [right])

Wild boar piglet

Wild boar piglets

Male boar

Male wild boar have a more intimidating appearance and sport sharp tusks. Fortunately wild boar attacks on people are extremely rare, but as with all animals you may come across in the woods, including species of deer and certain breeds of domestic dogs, there is always an element of unpredtability it is best to remain aware of. (reproduced with permission, © Lewis Thompson)

Wild boar continue to be sighted in new areas - verification of wild boar in these southern England locations was achieved using automatically triggered night cameras (video reproduced with permission of Andy Halford, photo with permission of Chris Milton)

Night shot

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